CPAN via a Pipe

Posted by on March 30, 2008

I’ve tried to monitor the CPAN recent feed to keep up with updates to modules I use and find other useful modules, but the volume of updates has gotten to much to handle. While it’s great to see so many updates, I simply don’t have the time to look through them all.

Apparently, I’m not the only one with the problem as a while back NotiCPAN was created to notify users of updates to specific modules. Problem is you must select each individual module you’d like to watch.

In the sprit of being lazy, I thought up a way to monitor what I’d like via a Yahoo Pipe. With it I’m able to enter the types of modules I’m interested in and subscribe to it in Google Reader. I like the fact that I can watch all Catalyst modules by simply specifying that I want “Catalyst” in the title or if I specify “YAML::Tiny” it’ll watch that one module for now and if others enter that namespace it’ll automatically pick those up.

It’s a very simple concept, but has helped me a great deal.

Feel free to check out the pipe and I’d love to hear of other uses.